• Bestival Campsite Hub Design’s A Winner!

    • 19 November 2013
    • POSTED BY Bruce
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    Isle of Wight (IOW) College student Eleanor Hortion has been declared the winner of this year’s ‘HMS Bestival’ themed Bestival Campsite Hub Decor competition. Eleanor’s design, which adorned one of Bestival’s colour-coded Campsite Hub’s, beat off competition from fellow IOW College students Ellisha Williams, Hobie Harwood, Lily Lofthouse, Jade Barry, Martyn Fisher, Brad Parratt, and Alice Barnes.

    The Josie da Bank judged competition, which is an integral part of Bestival’s partnerships with IOW organisations, is run in conjunction with IOW College. Level 2/3 Art and Design course students take part, giving up their summer holiday time to not only design the distinctive Campsite Hub décor, but also to learn vital real life skills as part of the build team at Bestival, taking in on-site health and safety rules and the realities of seeing a design from draft to pride of place in situ at the campsites.

    An excited Eleanor told us: “It was an exciting and unpredictable experience that taught me a lot about working in the real world. I have learnt the value of team work, and now have a better understanding of working with a real client”.

    Well done Eleanor!!

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  • Don't miss the Bestival 2013 Aftermovie Extravaganza

    • 7 November 2013
    • POSTED BY Bruce


    From the 5th to the 8th of September this year, 60,000 party people descended on our very own Wight Isle for Bestival’s spectacular 10th birthday bash. It was one of the most epic events of the year, bringing the summer to a triumphant close. Now, as 2013 hurtles to its own conclusion, we want to share the memories of our greatest party of all time, across 10 fields of wonderment with 20 stages filled with incredible music, insane sideshows and magical happenings, with our Bestival 2013 Aftermovie Extravaganza.

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    Rob da Bank says: “Although I stomp around the Bestival site day and night checking out the bands I’ve booked and seeing if everyone’s happy, I tend to miss a load of great moments, so I’m doubly excited to watch our Aftermovie come to life and show me some of the magic I missed. Hope you guys dig it too”

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    From headliners Fatboy Slim, Snoop Dogg and Elton John and the best new bands like The Strypes, London Grammar and Peace, to hands in the air joy, courtesy of Annie Mac, Richie Hawtin and Carl Cox and jaw-dropping sights like The Port, Lionel Richie’s Inflatable Head and the Grand Palace of Entertainment, it was non-stop bliss. Relive all those amazing highs and all the colours and the sounds with our incredible Bestival 2013 Aftermovie Extravaganza!

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    But don’t just watch the movie – we’ve shown you ours, now you show us yours – tell us about all the amazing times you had at Bestival 2013. Share the memories!

    Subscribe to our YouTube channel here: youtube.com/Bestival

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  • Love Syria with Oxfam

    • 17 September 2013
    • POSTED BY Bruce
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    At this year’s Bestival, Oxfam collaborated with creative agency Scriberia to stage an on-site art installation, illustrating peoples support for the charities Love Syria campaign.

    Over the summer Oxfam has been asking people to show their love and solidarity for Syrian people at seven major UK festivals. The charity has engaged with over 40,000 people who have pledged their support by sharing a heart symbol or signing the petition for more aid and peace.

    Bestival represents the end of a summer of campaigning, and therefore Oxfam were working with Scriberia on site to produce a 16 foot scribe. The scribe really bought this campaign to life, telling the story from the refugee crisis that started it, to visually representing the thousands of voices of support gathered over the festival season.

    Find out more information on Love Syria, to donate and sign the petition visit: www.oxfam.org.uk/syria-petition or www.oxfam.org.uk/get-involved/festivals/campaigners.

  • A Big Thank You From HMS Bestival!

    • 12 September 2013
    • POSTED BY Bruce
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    We promised you a 10th Birthday Spectacular and that’s exactly what happened! Four incredible days of unadulterated fun made our 10th Bestival the very best one yet. From the simply stunning new arena The Port and the madness of Lionel Richie’s inflatable head, to jaw-dropping headline sets from Fatboy Slim, Snoop Dogg and Elton John, we’ve had the time of our lives aboard HMS Bestival and it’s all down to what a fantastic crowd of sea-faring folk we had with us, so we’d like to say a huge thank you to each and every one of you that made it so special. Thank you!

    HMS Bestival Captain Rob da Bank: “Ahoy shipmates! Sadly it’s now time to disembark the good ship HMS Bestival and pack up The Port till next year. Words fail us in the Bestival office as to how fantastic a crowd you guys were and what a spectacle you all made right across the weekend, so big up and respect to all of you. Thanks to Mother Nature for a nearly all sunny show and we hope you all enjoyed all the amazing live acts, DJs, films, comedians, walkabout and actors as much as we did. A vintage year for Bestival and we owe it to all of you. We’re off to wash our hair and think of a theme for Bestival 2014. Get ya thinking caps on”!

    There may have been a few showers but they never dampened spirits and there was sunshine and lots of smiling faces every single day. Fatboy Slim raised the bar to new heights for Main Stage headline sets on Friday and told us that it was: “one of the best gigs of my life!”

    Bringing the show to a dizzying climax, the likes of which we may never see again, Elton John and his band, were life affirmingly brilliant and it seems the feeling is mutual as commenting on his set Sir Elton said it was: “One of the best evenings of my career. Amazing!”

    If you’re after lasting mementos of two of the greatest sets in Bestival history then you’re in luck as both sets were recorded live and are now available to buy with a share of proceeds from sales going to charity including the Isle of Wight Youth Trust which offers counselling, advice, information and support services to young people aged 25 and under on the Isle of Wight.

    Special guests Concert Live were aboard HMS Bestival and captured Elton’s first UK camping festival set since 1969. Available separately or as part of a special edition bundle offer, featuring a digital edition of Elton’s forthcoming album, ‘The Diving Board’order the rarest live recording from Bestival now!

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    And make sure you check out our fantastic highlights photo gallery with some breathtaking pics from across the weekend!

    Finally, if you enjoyed our little trip in HMS Bestival as much as we did, you’ll be pleased to hear that Early Bird tickets for Bestival 2014, which takes place from September 4th – 7th will go on sale at 10am this Friday, 13th September and will be available through our groundbreaking payment plan! Buy them over on our Tickets page here…

  • Elton John loves Bestival!

    • 12 September 2013
    • POSTED BY Bruce
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    Sir Elton John appeared on BBC Radio 2 to perform a couple of tracks yesterday and had some very kind words to say about Bestival, and the amazing crowd he played to on the Sunday night:

    “I was very reluctant to play a festival, I haven’t played one since 1969 in Crumlin near Halifax and I was talked into it and thank god I was because it shows you don’t know what’s good for you sometimes. I had the best time there, I had the best crowd, we played really well, the crowd were unbelievable I’ve never had response like that in Britain in the whole of my career, so it was definitely one of the most memorable things we’ve ever done. So thanks to everyone who was there and for Rob da Bank who organises it. It was a fantastic day!……I might do another Bestival, I’m so loyal to that one now. I was just blown away.” Sir Elton John talking to Ken Bruce

    Thanks Elton, you were absolutely incredible, and a massive thanks for the HMS Bestival crowd for giving him such an amazing experience.

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  • History in the making: Elton John and his band + Live recordings!

    • 8 September 2013
    • POSTED BY Bruce
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    Order your copy now!

    We’re still in a wave of excitement that the world’s most iconic pop legend, the man himself, Elton John will be joining us for his first ever UK festival performance and if that wasn’t grand enough, this momentous occasion will be recorded live!

    Exclusive live albums of The Rocket Man and his band will be available, at merchandise stands, instantly after Elton’s spectacular set and if you’re not experiencing the magic of Bestival, don’t worry, you can get these beauties delivered straight to your door!

    These triple disc, deluxe live albums are available to purchase separately, or as part of an exclusive bundle offer, featuring a digital edition of Elton’s forthcoming album The Diving Board.

    Don’t miss out on owning the rarest Bestival performance of Elton John live, order now!

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